Events in Maelonbourg (original flag shown to the right) have created quite a stir in the western portion of the Wenigzustand. Colldrenia, the malicious and craven woman that usurped the power of the rightful king and ushered in an age of violent chaos had been killed by an intrepid band of adventurers. Her castle demolished and the city in ruins, bands of hobgoblins roaming the countryside, orcs pressing down from the north, and horrors that defy description lurking in the hollows and shadows have made Maelonbourg a scourge of anarchic behavior. And the whole place had been placed by King Carloman under the protection of Fanolania, under the direct auspices of the same adventurers that killed Colldrenia. These newly minted minor nobles had their work cut out for them trying to restore some semblance of order to this tattered and ruined land.
Luckily for the entire region there were a number of parties interested in rebuilding Maelonbourg (Colldrenia’s banner displayed below). There were also a number of individuals seeking to take control of the place for themselves. The location of Maelonbourg, whatever it’s state of distress or success, is ideal for trade with the rest of the Wenigzustand. Fanolania is the largest and most influential neighbor, so King Carloman’s decision to take at least some level of control of Maelonbourg wasn’t to be taken lightly by other would-be rulers. It is a short ferry across the river Maruse and the knights and lords in Fanolania could be poised to move quite quickly to lend military and other assistance to the fledgling barons tasked with fixing Maelonbourg. In a perfect world the rightful heir to the old kingdom would be on hand to be the point person for the reconstruction of the once glorious realm. But this isn’t a perfect world. This is a world in which a grouchy, easily provoked green dragon can get her hackles up with frightening speed, and chlorine gas three hapless rogues in a meadow. That can take the wind out of a project pretty damn fast.
Under the reign of King Carloman’s successor, King Carlobar Martel, the biggest development in the direction being taken by the major powers of Partum was started. Allied under the common goals of the Council of Schönbrunn the countries of Fanolania, Geldenreich, Lusatia and Slothjemia decided to establish the Archduchy of Maelonbourg and the Wenigzustand. This new state would be the means by which the Council could finally bring peace to the Little States and end once and for all the evil that flourishes in the festering darkness in the heart of Partum. The Archduchy includes Maelonbourg and Oublier at this time. Military power has been lent to the new nation by Geldenreich, Slothjemia, and Lusatia to deter any attacks by the Lotharingians who now face for the first time in hundreds of years an adversary that can actually threaten the activities of the Fallen Knights.